Important Reminders Regarding the Course, Learning Voiceover In and Out


all live sessions for this course will take place at 3PM Eastern on Mondays and Wednesdays – not 3:30PM. Again, live sessions for the course, Learning Voiceover In and Out, will be held every Monday and Wednesday, beginning at 3PM Eastern, 2PM Central, 1PM, Mountain, and 12 Noon Pecific. The Zoom meeting ID to join is:


Also, if you have not enrolled in the iTunes U portion of the course, please contact us immediately to receive the appropriate link.

Registration for the course, iPad For All Computing, beginning April 6, 2020, is still open. If you have not yet registered and still wish to do so, please get in touch with us. Thank you.

Two Factor Authentication: Rita’s iDevice Advice for January 13, 2020


Two Factor Authentication:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for January 13, 2020

This article comes from MacWorld

Set up a password manager and two-factor authentication:

The most common password in 2019 was 123456. The second most popular was 123456789 followed by qwerty and password. And people wonder why their Ring security cameras were broken into (they weren’t hacked, customers just used bad passwords or reused passwords from other accounts). By now you’ve heard it a hundred times: It’s extremely important to use different password for every site and service, and for those passwords to be complex and hard to guess. The best way to make that happen is to use a good password manager. For your most important sites and services, you should also use two-factor authentication (2FA). That means popular social media accounts, banks, email, and large ecosystem accounts like your Microsoft, Amazon, or Google accounts. Apple You should definitely have 2FA enabled on your Apple ID, and other important accounts, too. Fortunately, iOS has a fairly good built-in password manager that even warns you about re-using passwords. If you want to use a third-party password manager (a great idea if you use non-Mac computers, browsers other than Safari, or share passwords with family members for things like your Netflix account), iOS will offer up login info from them for sites and apps. The best password managers even let you fill in your login and password with Touch ID or Face ID, so it’s both secure and easy. Don’t know where to start? We suggest either 1Password or LastPass for password managers, and Authy is a great app for generating codes for two-factor authentication. Using an authentication app like Authy is more secure than relying on SMS messages for 2FA. At the very least, you should set up 2Factor Authentication for your Apple ID ! Oh, and make sure your six-digit numeric passcode to unlock your iPhone is different from the PIN you use anywhere else. 


Here is an explanation on Two Factor Authentication from Matt Vollbrecht

First, Two-Step Verification versus Two-Factor Authentication:

Both Two Step Verification and Two-Factor Authentication are enhanced security measures to protect your Apple ID, but Two Step Verification is the older method. Two-Factor Authentication is Apple’s latest and most secure system, and it is the recommended system going forward. Therefore, the remainder of this post will discuss Two-Factor, not Two-Step. If you are currently still using Two-Step Verification, or if you suspect that you might be using it, log into your Apple ID Account Management Page at<> , go to Security, click Edit, and turn off Two-Step Verification, then create new security questions and verify your date of birth. Now, check to make sure that you are still signed into iCloud on all your iOS and Mac devices. Once you have done this, you can proceed to enable Two-Factor Authentication

So what is Two-Factor Authentication anyway?

Two-Factor Authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID. It ensures that you are the only person who can access your account, even if someone else has your password. Two-Factor Authentication significantly enhances the security of your Apple ID and all of the important data, such as photos, Messages, documents, purchases, and more, that are associated with it.

How It Works:

When you enable TFA, two pieces of information are required to sign into your Apple account from new devices and browsers – your Apple ID password and a six-digit verification code. This verification code is a one-time use code that is sent to trusted devices, but more on that later.

Should I Use Two-Factor Authentication?

In a word, absolutely! While of course these things are personal preference, TFA drastically improves the security of your account, providing protection and privacy for all your data. As previously stated, even if another person has your password, you have to approve their access to your account and provide them with an authentication code in order for them to actually have access.

In addition to the extra security provided, TFA also prevents you from ever needing security questions again. Finally, several new features, such as Messages in iCloud, Apple Watch Unlock with Mac, and even HomePod setup now require or recommend TFA.

How will using Two-Factor Authentication affect me on a day-to-day basis?


It won’t. Once you initially sign into your account from a particular iOS or Mac device, that device becomes a Trusted Device. You don’t need to do anything extra at all. Nothing will change about the way you access, unlock, or use your devices. Even if for some reason you sign out and back in, it doesn’t matter. Once again, nothing will change, except the peace of mind you’ll have from the extra security for your account.

If you purchase a new Apple device, or if you sign in on a new device or web browser, you will have to go through a one-time authentication process. This can also happen if you restore a device to factory settings and then sign in, although if you use a near by device to set up the new or restored device, the process is avoided.

The process of authenticating is extremely easy. When you attempt to sign in from a new device or browser for the first time, all of your trusted devices get an immediate notification. Remember, trusted devices are any iOS and Mac OS devices that you have already signed in and approved. Trusted devices can also generate a verification code upon request from Settings.

As stated, all your trusted devices will receive the sign in notification. The notification shows the approximate location of the device that is attempting to access your Apple ID. You may use any trusted device you wish. Simply choose to allow the new device to sign in, or choose don’t allow if you don’t recognize the device etc. when you choose allow, you will be presented with the six digit code which you must enter on the new device. That’s it. You’re in, simple as that.

If for some reason you do not have access to any trusted devices at a particular time, you may then choose to instead have the verification code sent as a text message or as an automated phone call to one of your trusted phone numbers When you set up Two-Factor Authentication, you will be asked to provide at least one trusted phone number. It is strongly recommended that you add additional trusted phone numbers (I think you can have up to five if I remember correctly), and that you always keep your trusted phone numbers up-to-date. You can use numbers of family members or close friends whom you trust, and you can even use home phone numbers.

Things to Keep in Mind:

When you turn on Two Factor Authentication, certain third-party apps cannot directly handle that interface. These include third-party email clients and other apps not provided by Apple. For these situations, you can generate an app-specific password to allow those apps to access your account. generate the app-specific password.

Do not forget your Apple ID password. You will always need this. Also, be sure to always keep your trusted phone numbers up-to-date.

Make sure you physically keep your trusted devices secure, and be sure to use unlock authentication, such as a passcode and either Touch ID or Face ID

How to get Siri to read your text messages aloud

How to Get Siri to Read Your Messages Aloud:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for January 6, 2020

Siri will only announce your messages as they arrive if you are using one of a small list of compatible earbuds:

*           AirPods (2nd Generation)

*           AirPods Pro,

*           Powerbeats Pro 

*           Beats Solo Pro

There is a way to hear your messages read without compatible earbuds, but it’s not as good. Tell Siri something like: “Hey Siri, read my messages,” and Siri will read your new messages to you. This is available all the time, but Siri will only read messages when you give the command. If you want Siri to read new messages as they arrive, without your having to ask, then you need compatible earbuds, and to follow these steps:

1.  Open the Settings app.

2.  Tap Notifications.

3.  Tap Announce Messages with Siri to enter a menu of options related to the feature.

If you don’t see this option, skip to step 5.

4.  Toggle Announce Messages with Siri.

5.  If the option to have Siri read your messages through your compatible earbuds is not available, then you may need to unpair and re-pair your earbuds.

6.  Open the Settings app.

7.  Tap Bluetooth.

8.  Look for your earbuds and tap the “i” in a circle.

9.  Tap Forget This Device.

10.  Then pair your compatible earbuds again.

11.  To pair second generation AirPods, open the charging case and bring them near your iPhone. Follow the prompts to pair your earbuds. 

12.  A popup window will appear offering the option to Announce Messages With Siri.

13.  Tap Announce Messages With Siri.

14.  Siri will only read new messages if they arrive when the screen is off and your compatible earbuds are in your ears.

15.  After Siri has read a text to you, Siri will start listening for your reply. You can answer without saying, “Hey Siri.”

You have now learned two ways to have Siri read your text messages! Now you know how to hear what your message says, even with your iPhone still in your pocket.

Important Notice For All TTJ Premium Support and Training Customers

This is a reminder that all customers who have a service plan of any kind with us, such as the TTJ Premium Support Gold package or the TTJ Gold Training Package, must be running the latest versions of Apple’s software by no later than January 31, 2020. This includes running iOS 13.X, iPad OS 13.X, TVOS 13.X, Watch OS 6.X, and HomePod Software 13.X. The reason we do this is so that we may provide the most consistent support and training to all of our valued customers, while ensuring that you are able to take advantage of all the latest features, functionality, and enhancements to security and privacy.

If you have not updated your devices and you need training and support from us, we may ask you to update your devices, or permit us to do so, before providing any further support or operational assistance. If your devices are not able to support the latest Apple software, your coverage will remain in effect through the end of your current coverage period, or until all of your training hours are used up, but you will not be eligible to renew your service agreement when it does expire, or purchase additional training and support options, unless you upgrade to a device that can run the latest software. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter, and we look forward to continuing to be the only tech you’ll ever need!

See What’s Coming in 2020. Don’t Miss Our Upcoming Live Stream

Welcome from TTJ, to what promises to be our best and most exciting year to date! First off, I want to say that we hope all of you had an absolutely marvelous and blessed Christmas, New Year, and holiday season overall. Now, 2020 is here, and this new year is overflowing with new and exciting things to come from TTJ. The Tech Juggernaut will be holding a special announcement live stream to share all the awesome details with you. This live stream will take place on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 2PM Eastern. You can listen to this live stream using the free Dabel app or using Periscope. On Dabel, look for the TTJ Special Announcement Live Stream by mSpaceLife. On Periscope, be sure to follow TTJ Talk. This live stream will also be made available on our TTJ Talk Podcast, so anyone who is not able to join live will still be able to hear all the great details.

Be sure to tune in and see what we’re up to. Find out what’s coming this year from TTJ. Hope to see you then!:)

Additional Information On Upcoming Free Courses

Attention everyone, we want to remind you of some important information regarding our upcoming free courses for the second half of the 2019-2020 Training Season. Two courses will be taking place between now and May. Learning Voiceover In and Out will begin on Monday, January 13 and conclude on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Our second course, iPad for All Computing, begins Monday, April 6, and concludes on Wednesday, May 20, with a final wrap up and Q and A session to be held on Friday, May 22, 2020. Live sessions for each course will take place every Monday and Wednesday from 3PM to 5PM Eastern Time, with additional sessions for special help or special interest topics to be held throughout the course at the sole discretion of the TTJ Instructor Team. To join the live sessions, use the Zoom app, and use Zoom Meeting ID:


You may also join Zoom sessions from a computer by entering the following URL or pasting it into your web browser:


Students who cannot use Zoom may use the Dabel app to listen to the live stream, either during each live session or after the session is complete. Both Zoom and Dabel should be used with free accounts. Dabel users can use the new, “Sign In With Apple” feature to create their accounts.

In addition to live sessions, these two courses will make use of the iTunes U platform to distribute all course-related materials, assignments, discussions, announcements, clean audio recordings and demos, video materials, text documentation, and much more. It is very important that all students register for the iTunes U portion of each course they wish to take. To get started registering for iTunes U, click Here.

please save the above dates so that you can participate in all live sessions. Also, information on how to navigate and use iTunes U will be posted to this blog early next week. We know the app can seem overwhelming to new users, but don’t worry; we will walk you through it. Audio tutorials are coming next week to this blog, and the first day of each course will be partially devoted to using iTunes U.

Should you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Thank you, and we look forward to working with you very soon.:)

Free Courses Begin Soon. Time to Get Ready

Please read this entire page immediately and contact TTJ if you have any questions.

It is almost time for our next courses to begin. The free course, Learning Voiceover In and Out, begins Monday, January 13, 2020, and the course, iPad For All Computing, begins Monday April 6. If you have already registered for these courses in the fall, we have all your info and are including you in the upcoming rosters. However, there is still one more step necessary to complete registration. You must enroll in the iTunes U portion of each course. This must be done using the Enrollment Gateway for each of the two individual courses. You must visit the Enrollment Gateways from an iPhone, iPad, or an iPod Touch. You will not be able to do so from any other device. Therefore if you are currently reading this post on any other device, please return to this page using your Apple iOS or iPad OS device. Note that TTJ cannot manually enroll you over the phone. You must complete the enrollment process yourself, using either the Enrollment Gateways or the Course Codes.

Read on to learn more:

TTJ uses the iTunes U portion for our spring courses. This means that both the Voiceover course starting January 13 and the iPad course starting in April will make use of iTunes U, in addition to still using Zoom or Dabel for live sessions. When you initially completed the registration form indicating your intent to join, you provided all your info to TTJ, and we are now expecting you in Zoom. However, you must also enroll in the iTunes U portion for one or both courses. If you wish to participate in both the Voiceover course and the iPad course, you will need to enroll separately in each iTunes U course. To do so, use the enroll links below. If taking both courses, start with the first enroll link, for the Voiceover course. After completing enrollment in that course, immediately return to this page to choose the second enroll link, the one for the iPad course.

It is very important that you enroll in both courses as quickly as possible, as available space will fill up fast, and enrollment in iTunes U courses is handled on a first come, first served basis. Do not wait! Enroll now using the links below! Then, stay tuned to this blog for iTunes U tutorials and other important course details, coming next week. If you are unable to properly use the Enrollment Gateways, please contact TTJ for a course code for one or both courses. Should you have any questions, please get in touch with us.

Enroll in Voiceover In and Out

Enroll in iPad For All Computing

Contact TTJ

Gestures for the iPhone X and newer models

Gestures for the iPhone X and newer models:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for December 9, 2019

Gestures For The iPhone X and Newer iPhone Models, When Running VoiceOver:  

Some folks are new to the TTJTECH Blog and or have just gotten newer iPhones that do not have a Home button.

they have been asking for information such as the below.

The iPhone X and the newer iPhone models(iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, and iPhone 11 Pro Max) do not have a Home button.  So how do you perform the actions that used to be done with the Home button?

Standard iPhone gestures such as a swipe up from the bottom to go to the Home Screen or App Switcher are augmented for VoiceOver users by providing additional haptics and audio feedback.

The gestures are based on a little haptic prompt which you will feel, and a little audio cue which you can hear. I refer to that audio cue as a blip, because that’s what it sounds like to me – a short, little blip sound. The entire premise is based on placing one finger at either the top or the bottom edge of the screen. When you do you will hear the first blip. Then you slide your finger to the next blip, or to the third blip. So, to go home for example, place one finger at the very bottom of the screen, and you will hear a short blip sound. Now, slide your finger up until you hear the next blip and feel a little haptic prompt, then immediately lift your finger. Now you are home, to open the App Switcher, do not stop at that second blip, but keep swiping farther up to the third blip.

So again, to go home, slide one finger up from the bottom of the screen until you hear the second sound. To open the App Switcher, slide one finger up until you hear the third sound. Similarly, to use the Control Center, slide one finger down from the top of the screen until you hear the second sound. To open Notification Center, swipe one finger down until you hear the third sound.

Use the Side Button to Turn on Voiceover, turn your phone off, and activate Siri. Double-click the side button to use Apple Pay or make purchases from the iTunes Stores, like the App Store.

This is also the sleep button (also known as the Side button), so pressing it once will make the phone sleep or wake up. You can also raise the phone or tap the screen to wake it up. To turn off the phone, press and hold the Side Button and either Volume button until you feel a haptic prompt. To activate Emergency SOS, continue holding Side Button and either Volume Button for a few more seconds.

To take a screen shot, press and then quickly release the Side Button and the Volume Up button.

During normal operation, to wake up your phone, simply tap the screen, then hold it near your face to unlock it. This will display notification previews. You can now go home by swiping up as described above. 

Screenshot: Simultaneously press and quickly release the Side button and Volume Up button (used to be the simultaneously press and hold the Home and Power button)

Turn off the iPhone: Press and hold the Side button, then double tap the “Slide to Power Off” button (used to be the press and hold the Power button, then double tap the “Slide to Power Off”)

Activate Apple Pay: Double click the Side button (used to be the double click the Home button)

New Gestures replacing function of the Home button

Starting at the bottom of the screen and slide one finger up. You will feel three haptic vibrations referred to as “clicks” (similar to the old “click” when pressing the Home button). Each of these three clicks will activate a function. Note: The first click alerts you that you are in the feature.

Swipe up gestures:

To go home, swipe up with one finger until you feel the first vibration. 

To go to the app switcher, swipe up with one finger until you feel a 2nd vibration.

Swipe down gestures:

Swipe down from the top right corner to the first vibration to open Control Center.

Swipe down to the second vibration to open Notification Center.

Along with each vibration is an audible blip sound which can be quite helpful. There is also a blip when you first place your finger on the top or bottom edge of the phone.

Note:  You can still use the gestures of swiping up with three fingers to open the Control Center and swiping down with three fingers to open the Notification Center: after you have brought focus to any item on the Status Bar.

How to Get Notified When a New Podcast Episode is available: Rita’s iDevice Advice for December 2, 2019

How to Get Notified When a New Podcast Episode is available:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for December 2, 2019 

If you have favorite shows in the Podcasts app, but keep forgetting to check for new episodes, you will benefit from turning on notifications so you can keep up to date.

On the other hand; if you are subscribed to several podcasts, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the new episode notifications. Here is how to customize your Podcasts notifications, so you’re informed about the shows you really want to listen to, while silencing notification about the ones you only occasionally tune into.


Note:  These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver.  If you are using VoiceOver:  when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap.


A NEW GOLDEN AGE OF AUDIO. There are thousands of podcasts. Who’s making them and how to listen.

Browse free audio episodes and shows about topics that range from comedy and science to news and politics in the Podcasts app on your Apple iOS device.


How to Customize Your Podcast Notifications

This applies to the native Apple Podcasts App:

1.  Open the Settings app.

2.  Scroll down and select Podcasts.

3.  Tap Notifications.

4.  Toggle Allow Notifications to on.

5.  Select how you want to be notified.

6.  You can enable sounds as well.

Now, you can select which podcasts are allowed to send you notifications.

1.  Tap Podcast Notification Settings.

2.  If a podcast is toggled to green, then you’ll receive notifications for that podcast.

3.  If a podcast is toggled to gray, then you won’t receive notifications for that podcast.

4.  Tap Done when you’ve finished customizing your Notifications.


As you subscribe to more podcasts you can use this method to update your notification preferences.


There are thousands of Podcasts available:  here are some Podcasts of my favorites that might be of interest…

“The Retirement Answer Man”

Host: Roger Whitney, a financial adviser with WWK Wealth Advisors in San Antonio

“Retirement Starts Today”

Host: Benjamin Brandt, founder and president of Capital City Wealth Management, a financial-planning company 

The Disney Food Blog DFB on the YouTube Channel

The DIS:  all about Disney World

Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me on NPR

The Moth Podcast:  live stories available on NPR

Stur-It-Up at

search TTJ Talk from the Search tab on the Apple Podcasts app